You can listen to an audio preview of our music box arrangements on YouTube using the link above. :)
We can make a music box arrangement of almost any song!
We can make a music box strip of almost any song for your music box! The song will come as a punched out paper strip which you can feed into the music box to play the song. We found that an arrangement of around 1-minute 30-seconds usually works best for the music boxes.
You can hear an audio preview of one of our custom music box arrangements on iTunes using the link below:
- The song must have been written in the United States, or have at least 1 copyright owner in the United States, so that we can get permission to make the music box version of the song.
- The song must be available for sale within the United States.
A large portion of our earnings goes to the original creators/owners of the song. We get in touch with the song's music publishers to get permission to make an arrangement of their music.
- Custom music box arrangement of almost any song.
- Compatible with the 30-note music box (Sometimes called the 30-note DIY music box). *We might also be able to make an arrangement for the 15-note DIY music box upon request. :)
- Duration of about 1-minute and 30-seconds.
- Delivered as a digital PDF copy or physical punched out copy.
- The music box is not included (sold separately).
- Free shipping (2-3 days) on orders delivered within the United States.
- Processing time of about 2 weeks.
If you've got any questions, or you'd just like to say hi, we'd love to hear from you! You can contact us anytime at:
How it works:
Step 1: You can order the song in a couple of different formats:
- Digital PDF: a template that you can print out on any home printer that shows you how to assemble the song.
- Physical Copy: a physical paper strip with the holes punched out and ready to go. (Ready in 3 days with free shipping within the United States)
Step 2: After you complete your purchase, we'll send you an email (using the email you provide), and ask you which song you'd like us to make.
Step 3: We'll double check that the song is compatible with the music box mechanism, and do some research and find the copyright owner of the song, and ask them permission to make a music box arrangement of their song.
We feel strongly about supporting artists, songwriters, and owners, so we get always ask for permission before making a music box arrangement, and a large portion of our income goes back to the original artists and music publishers.
Luckily, we have connections with all the major music publishers in the United States (such as Universal, Warner/Chappell, and Kolbalt), so we can get permission to make a music box arrangement of almost any song in about 1-3 business days. :)
Step 4: After we've got permission to make the song, and we've double checked that the song is compatible, we'll start transcribing the song from sheet music or by ear into our music software so that we can start making the music box arrangement.
Step 5: Once we've got all the notes inside the computer, we can start rearranging the notes, and creating harmony parts to take advantage of the full music box's range.
Step 6: Usually after we've completed the music box arrangement on the computer, we'll run through everything a second time the next day to polish it up.
Step 7: After we've completed the music box arrangement on the computer, we'll test it out on a music box to make sure it sounds good. Depending on what option you selected, we'll send you the music box arrangement in the mail (fully punched out and ready to go) or a digital PDF that you can use to print out and assemble the song at home.
Once you have your music box song ready, you can insert it into the front slot of the music box to play the song!
Compatible with the 30-note music box
(Music box sold separately.)
The music box mechanisms we use are a modern take on the antique polyphon music boxes from the 1800’s. We use a unique kind of music box mechanism that uses paper strips to play a song. Holes punched into the paper strip activate gears within the music box mechanism which play the notes. Using this system has a bunch of neat advantages over normal music boxes.
One of our favorite features about using this kind of music box mechanism is that you can play multiple songs with the same music box. There’s a slot on the front of the music box which you can feed songs into, and it’s quite easy to switch from one song to another. Because it uses paper strips to play the song instead of a barrel (like traditional music boxes), there is no limit to how long a song can be. We’ve even made full 5-10 minute songs before! Lastly, because paper is pretty easy to work with, we can make custom songs for your music box!
Do you also make custom songs for the 15-note DIY music box?
Yes! However, the 15-note music box has a lot of physical limitations that make many song not compatible. If there's a song that you'd like for your 15-note music box, definitely let us know! We'd be happy to check to see if it'd be compatible for you!
Can you make ANY custom song?
We can make almost any custom song for the 30-note music box and the 15-note music box as long as it's compatible with the music box mechanism, and we can get permission from the original creators of the song.
If you'd prefer, you can always get in touch with us first to make sure a song would be compatible and that we'd be able to get permission to make the music box version of the song. We'd be happy to check for you! :)
How long does it take to make a custom song?
It usually takes us about 3-7 business days to make a custom song, and we use 2-3 day shipping within the United States. :)